Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?
Reindeer are often associated with the Christmas holiday. Santa’s sled is said to be pulled by a team of eight reindeer – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. These were first named in the 1823 poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” The story of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was published in 1939, and immortalized in film in 1964.
Did you know that reindeer are a real type of animal? Also called caribou, this deer species lives in the subarctic northern reaches of Europe and North America. In some places, indigenous peoples herd or farm caribou for meat, milk, and hides. They are also used to pull carts or sleds. Real reindeer, however, are unable to fly through the night sky.
Would you like to draw your own reindeer? Doing do is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. New lines are added in each step, highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black.
You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct mistakes or remove guide lines. Use colored pencils, markers, crayons, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Will your reindeer have a red nose like Rudolph? The choice is up to you.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Reindeer
Draw the leg using a series of curved lines. Notice how the lines are farther apart at the top of the leg. Also note the bend of the knee and the curvature of the ankle.
Draw the eyebrows using curved lines connected by a short, straight line. Draw a curved line for the smiling mouth. Embellish it at each end with short, curved lines, and connect it to the nose using a straight line.
Draw three curved lines around the neck, meeting at a point on one side and connected by a slightly curved line on the other. This forms the reindeer’s harness.
Draw curved lines extending upwards from the base of each antler. Draw pairs of lines branching outward, like the branches of a tree. Enclose each set of lines using a short, curved line, completing the antlers.
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